Visit Malacca and Transport

Visit Malacca and TransportMalacca or Melaka in Malay is an old historical town. Ruled by Portuguese in 1511 followed by Dutch in 1641, Malacca was handed to the British under the Anglo-Dutch treaty and governed as a Colony from 1842. The town is a mix of old and new, historical establishments and old shops with modern shopping and commercial buildings. The Peranakan and Portuguese descendants are the result of its long history with trading and colonisation by Oriental and Western powers. The Peranakans (aka as ‘Straits Chinese’) are descendants of Chinese migrants who first came to Malacca centuries ago and adopted the Malay customs and cultures. Peranakans also settled in Penang and Singapore. A visit to Malacca is certainly worthy with a minimum of 2 days 1 night stay, to appreciate the rich and cultural heritage of the old town.

Where is Malacca ?

Malacca is located on the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia facing the Straits of Malacca. It is divided into three region namely Alor Gajah, Central Malacca and Jasin. Located 148 km south of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia and 245 km north of Singapore, Malacca is well connected by excellent roads and North-South Malaysia highways.

Transport to Malacca

There is a domestic airport serving airlines from flying to and from other domestic airports in Malaysia. The most convenient way to and from Melaka is by land transport from Kuala Lumpur, Johor or Singapore by public bus, coach orprivate transport to/from Singapore. The private transport journey from Singapore on the North-South highway is about 2.5 hours from the Malaysia-Sinagpore border. The stopovers and resting places along the highway for breaks and local Malay food is a popular draw for tourists and for those wanting to experience the sight and sound of Malaysia. For information of door-to-door service on private transport to Malacca from Singapore hotel or residecne, Changi Airport and Melaka, please email your enquiry to Porter Xpress. You choose your preferred pickup time and address. If you would like to travel in convenience and see more, you can choose to hire our service with driver, for hours or days to travel around Melaka and to other cities in Malaysia, starting or ending at Singapore.

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Suggested visit itineraries below

Popular Attractions & Places in Melaka

Fort A Famosa: Constructed by the Portuguese in 1511.

St. John’s Fort: Reconstructed during the third quarter of the 18th century by the Dutch

St. Peter’s Church: Oldest Catholic church in Malaysia constructed by Dutch in 1710.

St. Paul’s Church: Constructed by a Portuguese captain

Christ Church: Constructed in 1753 with structure of original Dutch architecture.

Francis Xavier Church: A Gothic church built by a French priest, Rev. Fabre, in 1849.

Dutch Square : Bright, terracotta-red colonial Dutch buildings, built between 1660 and 1700.

Stadthuys: Constructed in 1650 for the residence of the Dutch Governor.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple: A Chinese temple, marked as Malacca Unesco World Heritage Site.

Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple: Built in 1781, it is the oldest Hindu Temple in Malaysia.

Tranquerah Mosque: The oldest mosque in Malacca.

Jonker Street : Chinatown of Malacca

Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum : Showcasing lifestyle at the beginning of the 16th century by Chinese merchants and escapees from Manchu rule.

Bukit Cina : Ancestral burial ground of Malacca’s Chinese community and largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China.

Suggested Malacca Visit Itinerary :

Malacca Historical (6 hrs)

A’Famosa Historical Complex
~ Porta de Santiago
~ St. Paul’s Church
~ Malacca Tree
~ Malacca Sultanate Palace
~ Independence Memorial* The street of Harmony
~ Sri Poyyatha V.Moorthi Temple
~ Kampung Kling Mosque
~ Cheng Hoon Teng TempleBukit Cina
~ Poh San Teng Temple
~ Hang Li Poh’s WellDutch Square
~ The Stadthuys
~ Christ Church
~ Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower
~ Queen Victorial’s Fountain
Heeren Street
~ Baba Nyonya Hertage
~ Jonker Street


Malacca / Air Keoh (6hrs)

Botanical Garden (Ayer Keroh Recreational Park)

Mini Malaysia Cultural Village
A large theme park, highlighting the culture and life of the people of Malaysia and other ASEAN countries, it features impressive replicas of the different types of tradional houses from the thirteen states of Malaysia as well as the typical abodes of the ASEAN countries attraction

Zoo Melaka or Butterfly Farm & Reptile Park
Located in Ayer Keroh and is the second largest zoo in the country with some 2000 animals of over 200 different species.

Butterfly farm & Reptile Park – is a well maintained park, which is the home of a variety of butterfly species, reptiles & birds.


Malacca Rives Cruise (4 hrs)
~ Straits of Malacca
~ Maritime Museum
~ Heeren Street
~ Dutch Square
~ Villa Sentosa (Kampung Morten)
~ Old BuidingBaba Nyona Heritage (7 hrs )Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
Nyonya Kuih Factory
A’Famosa Historical Complex
~ Porta de Santiago
~ St. Paul’s Church
~ Malacca Tree
~ Malacca Sultanate Palace
~ Independence Memorial

The street of Harmony
~ Sri Poyyatha V.Moorthi Temple
~ Kampung Kling Mosque

Dutch Square
~ The Stadthuys
~ Christ Church
~ Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower
~ Queen Victorial’s Fountain

Heeren Street
~ Baba Nyonya Hertage
~ Jonker Street


Malacca Night Escape (5 hrs)

Malacca River Cruise
* Jonker Street Night Market
* Taming Sari Tower


Crossing the border in private transport to Malaysia from Singapore

One consideration of choosing the mode of transport to travel between Malaysia and Singapore is the type of vehicle to travel on.

For private transport to Malaysia, passengers traveling in minivan, minibus, bus or coach MUST disembark from the vehicle to clear immigration and custom. Passengers must bring along their bagagge, and proceed to the upper floor of the immigration building. Malaysia no longer requires visitor to fill up the white immigration card to enter the country. After clearing the immigration with passport, they will next join the queue to clear the custom. On return to Singapore, the same procedure is followed. It may be time consuming to join the immigration and custom clearance queue in the immigration building at Singapore and Malaysia Border – repeating the immigration clearance 4 times in total.

Passengers traveling in cars and MPVs are not required to disembark from vehicle, to clear immigration and custom at the second level – save hassle and time (to bring along baggage to the upper floor of the immigration building to queue and clear). Passports belonging to the traveling passengers shall be passed to the driver who will pass all passports to the immigration office at the immigration booth as he drives through the border. Next he stops the vehicle for the immigration officer to inspect the baggage in the vehicle. If there is no baggage or inspection is not required, the driver proceeds to drive to destination. If required, the custom officer will require the respective passenger to open the baggage for checking.

When hiring a vehicle for private transport to Malaysia from Singapore, we recommend to travel in cars or MPV for convenience. It will save much time. If you have bigger group, you may opt to break the group to travel in 2 or more MPVs.

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Hotels and Accomodation in Malacca

Hotels in Malacca are relativesly inexpensive. Recommended 4 and 5 star hotels :

  • A Famosa Resort
  • Hotel Equatorial
  • Holiday Inn
  • Philea Resort and Spa
  • Avillion Legacy Melaka
  • Bayview Hotel Melaka
  • Rennaisance Melaka Hotel
  • Majestic Hotel Malacca

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